Thermaltake Armor Case ReviewFormer staff writer - March 2, 2007
Price: $175 USD
Introduction:Do you have a tired, old, flimsy case that's not doing the components inside any justice? Are those components in your case overheating due to poor airflow? Well ThermalTake to the rescue yet again, this time with their giant Armor series case! And this thing is definitely a layer of armor for your delicate components. Ever since the company was founded in 1999 ThermalTake has always been known for manufacturing large, heavy duty cases. ThermalTake has provided us with the biggest and baddest case in their lineup, the ThermalTake Armor w/window. Today we will be taking a look into this monster of a case, paying attention to the workings, the compatibility, and of course, the functionality of this case and its components.
I must say when I got this case I was shocked at the size and weight of the box it came in. I almost needed to rent a forklift to move this sucker! The looks of the box are about average for a retail product; The company logo, pictures of the box contents and the specifications on the case can all be found.
Opening up the case I was a little surprised to find some of the packing foam was broken, this thing had obviously had a long trip. Taking the top Styrofoam off, lifting out the case, and taking off the cloth bag that it comes in, I finally got to see this beast of a case. The first thing that I noticed was the huge fan on the side of the case (250mm) as well as the 2 sided aluminum front door things. I am not actually sure what their purpose is, but they look nice.
Taking a look at the back of the case, the major thing that you will notice is that the power source mounts sideways, and there is fan housing with some hard drive racks mounted beside it. There is the standard motherboard I/O plate, as well as the expansion slot covers. Cooling for this case is facilitated via 120mm fans. There is one on the back, one on the top, and there is room for 2-3 on the front of the case depending on your configuration.
The side panel of this case is held in place by two thumb screws on the back of the case, as well as a pair of lockable latches; one on the top and one on the bottom. After opening up the side of the case, I got a good look at the layout. I saw that the front of the chassis is comprised of all 5.25” bays.
Installation will be a snap in this case as it is nearly 100% tool less. Hard drives and optical drives all snap in with no screws, you will only be required to fasten down your power source, and the motherboard. This case is a monster, by far one of the biggest and heaviest cases that I have seen to date.